tv The Late Show With Stephen Colbert CBS March 24, 2017 11:35pm-12:37am PDT
condola rashad. and musical guest flaming lips. featuring jon batiste and "stay human." and now, live on tape from the ed sullivan theater in new york city, it's stephen colbert! ( cheers and applause ) ( theme song playing ) >> stephen: hey! nice to see ya. ( cheers and applause ) hey, everybody! welcome to "the late show!" whoo! ( cheers and applause ) ♪ that's awfully nice. ( audience chanting stephen ) ♪ that's lovely.
welcome to the show, everybody! please, sit down. please. well, folks, welcome to the "late show." i'm your host, stephen colbert. ( cheers and applause ) big news-- ( cheers and applause ) big news today out of the kremlin-- i'm sorry, i misread that-- white house. here's the deal, y'all-- you know how there's all this smoke about the idea that trump and his folks colluded with the russians to influence the election? and the trump people are saying, like, "there's nothing to see here."? well, i spy with my little eye, the attorney general of the united states. ( laughter ) because it turns out, jeff sessions spoke with the russian ambassador twice during trump's campaign. even though, at his confirmation hearing, sessions was asked this by senator al franken about reports of collusion: >> these documents also allegedly stated, "there was a
continuing exchange of information during the campaign between trump surrogates and intermediaries for the russian government." if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> senator franken, i'm not aware of any of those activities. i have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and i didn't have-- not have communications with the russians. ( audience reacts ) >> stephen: franken didn't even ask if you were involved! why did you volunteer to lie? ( southern accent ) "well, i'd be happy to answer your question, senator. but first, let me stand on this rickety chair next to this full bathtub and please, hand me that toaster, if you will. perhaps an english muffin or two
down in here. what was your question again?" ( piano riff ) ( cheers and applause ) "no, officer, i did not see who stabbed the gentleman. by the way, as a young man, my name was 'stabby jack,' but these days i control my thirst for blood with pure old- fashioned stranglin'. what was the question again?" ( laughter ) now, the russian guy that he spoke to is sergey kislyak, the same russian ambassador that michael flynn talked to before he got the old kislyak of death. ( laughter ) now, sessions' office had an explanation: they say that sessions didn't lie. they say he wasn't meeting kislyak as a surrogate. he met with the russian ambassador in his capacity as a member of the armed services panel. "honey, i wasn't having sex with her as your husband. i was humping her in my capacity
as a member of the armed services panel. totally different." ( cheers ) so now, folks on both sides-- ( applause ) big humping fans. huge humping fans here tonight. one imagines. now, both sides of the aisle have called on sessions to recuse himself from any russian investigation, and this afternoon, sessions agreed. >> i have recused myself in the matters that deal with the trump campaign. >> stephen: you called yourself a campaign surrogate. then, you lied under oath that you never met with the russians. so you don't have to recuse yourself-- because you've already ( bleep ) yourself. ( cheers and applause ) now-- we don't have to bleep that, right? we don't have to bleep that. >> jon: there you have it. that's how it goes. >> stephen: and we probably wouldn't even know this much about the trump campaign's russian connections if it weren't for some last-minute work by the obama administration. according to a new report--
( cheers and applause ) according to a new report, "obama officials fought to preserve evidence of russian election meddling." it's a good idea. though i do believe there is one large piece of evidence sitting in the oval office right now. ( laughter ) the obama folks were worried-- this is why they did it. the obama folks were worried that after trump took office, "the intelligence could be covered up or destroyed." yes, trump could bury it where the public would never see it-- maybe with his taxes. ( laughter ) it was all an effort to "leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators." oh, oh, it's a scavenger hunt, with clues hidden throughout the government! the movie "national treasure" is finally coming true! nicolas cage, quick, check the back of the constitution. i knew it! vladimir putin's phone number! ( cheers and applause ) ( piano riff ) i knew it was something like that! also, also maybe check the front of the constitution, because
there's some writing on that side that's pretty damning to trump, too. ( cheers and applause ) now, congress has finally started its russia investigation, with house intelligence committee chairman devin nunes saying, "on a bipartisan basis, we will fully investigate all the evidence we collect and follow that evidence wherever it leads." well, bring a flashlight because it's pretty dark up putin's butt. ( laughter ) you know, one of these things. ( laughter ) mr. trump! ( echoes ) ( laughter ) now, things are-- battery will go down unless you turn it off. ( laughter ) things are getting serious because the white house staff has been told to preserve all russia-related materials. so you hear that, mr. president? don't get that mattress steam- cleaned yet. ( audience reacts ) speaking of-- yeah, yeah, yeah.
>> jon: whoa! >> stephen: yeah, i like that joke, too. ( laughter ) speaking of donald trump, while his attorney general was going up in flames-- trump was down in virginia, addressing the military in newport news. or as he calls it, "newport fake news." trump was on the deck of the brand new carrier, u.s.s. "gerald ford," and he debuted a new look. >> you know, they just gave me this beautiful jacket. they said, here, mr. president, please take this home. i said, let me wear it! and then they gave me the beautiful hat. and i said, you know, maybe i'll do that. i have no idea how it looks. >> stephen: like grandpa just stepped out of the changing room at the army surplus store? ( cheers and applause ) just, what do you think? what do you think? ( applause ) you buy it? ( laughter ) trump proved right away that he understands the modern u.s. navy.
>> it really feels like a place. you stand on that deck and you feel like you're standing on a very big piece of land, but this is better than land. >> stephen: congratulations. ( laughter ) you've just described a boat. ( laughter and applause ) "it's like land-- it's like land-- it's like land on water. but it's dry. it's like a hotel, but it's on its side, it's not sinking, and there's no room service. the worst." ( laughter ) and as befits the commander in chief, trump went out of his way to compliment the men and women in uniform. >> our navy is great, our navy is great. our people are great. great. ( laughter and applause ) >> stephen: your vocabulary, on the other hand, could use some work. but everything else, great.
now, say hi to jon batiste and stay human, everybody! ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: wow, this russian thing is developing so fast. so fast. it's a new thing every day. and here's the crazy thing, it is only getting out in the public because of white house whistleblowers. no one knows who these people are. ( cheers and applause ) and donald trump is getting very frustrated, and he thinks he may have found the source of these leaks. >> i think that president obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it, and some of the leaks possibly come from that group. >> stephen: i don't see how obama could be behind these leaks.
i mean, he'd have to be in trump's inner circle. we have a picture of trump with his cabinet, don't we? okay, now pull out, jimmy? ah-ha! >> jon: yeah! yeah! ( laughter ) >> stephen: he's so clever. but this is great news for me, because if trump thinks the leaks are coming from obama, then he hasn't caught on to my super-secret source inside the white house. which means it's time for another edition of "late show presidential leak-rets." ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ >> stephen: welcome to "late show presidential leak-rets." now, i'm about to speak with my super-secret source, high up in the trump administration. to protect his or her identity, we have dimmed the lights, and put him or her behind a screen. hello, anonymous source.
>> hello, stephen. >> stephen: well, i'm glad your voice is still disguised. >> me, too. the machine has two settings now. it has this low mode, or... i can switch it to a jon batiste setting. >> stephen: wow. that-- ( laughter and applause ) that really sounds like jon. >> yeah! where ya at, y'all? hoo! ( laughter ) >> stephen: so, tell me. tell me, anonymous source, what is the mood of the white house right now? >> well, you know the phrase "whistling past the graveyard?" >> stephen: yeah, i've heard that. >> it's like that, but no whistling. ( laughter ) it's just all graveyard. >> stephen: so, they're pretty upset about this jeff sessions news? >> well, a little. but mostly they're upset about katy perry and orlando bloom's breaking up.
i mean, it doesn't get any more romantic than naked paddleboarding. and we all know, orlando bloom has quite the paddle. ( laughter ) >> stephen: okay, but it's clear now, sessions met with the russian ambassador twice before the election, but that he denies discussing the campaign. how deep do sessions' ties with the russians go? >> oh, really, really deep. russia is, of course, the home of the enchanted tree, where sessions and his family bake all those cookies. ( laughter ) his code name is e.l. fudge. >> stephen: how do you know that? >> let's just say, a little bird told me. ( laughter ) >> comrade! comrade! ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: well, any idea of where trump goes from here?
>> at this point, everybody knows they've got to appoint a special prosecutor. >> stephen: okay, who will that be? >> well, there's a lot of names floating out there, but right now, it's been cut down to either former solicitor general ted olsen, or trump's choice, matlock. ( laughter ) >> stephen: he'd be good, he would be really good. now, this sessions business is overshadowing trump's very well- reviewed address to congress. did the president write his speech himself? >> no, that speech was written by having a thousand monkeys type for a million years. >> stephen: so steve bannon didn't have any input at all? >> i didn't say that. bannon brought the monkeys over from breitbart. they're white suprema-chimps. >> stephen: now, there are rumors that different factions are fighting in the white house, is that true? >> yes, in fact, they're fighting in the pit that trump had installed under the oval
office. this morning, kellyanne conway gutted an intern with reince priebus' sharpened femur. >> stephen: wait, wait, does that mean reince priebus is dead? >> only the first one. his clones are fine. >> stephen: well, can you tell us why the president still refuses to release his taxes? >> he's just a really modest guy and doesn't want people to know about the millions of dollars he gives to charity every year. >> stephen: i would never have guessed that. >> because it's not true. it's all the russia stuff. he claimed putin as a dependent. isn't that right, little bird? >> da! ( bird attacks ) ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ >> stephen: anonymous source, everybody! we'll be right back with hugh jackman. ( cheers and applause ) this weekend at kohl's
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( cheers and applause ) ♪ >> stephen: welcome back, everybody! ladies and gentlemen, my first guest tonight is a golden globe-, emmy-, and tony award- winning actor, and just a lovely fellow. his most impressive hardware is his adamantium claws, and he's wearing them one last time, in "logan." >> who's this? >> it's the guy telling you to get back in your nice truck and go play oaky dickhead somewhere else. >> hey, carl. looks like he hired some muscle.
>> looks that way. >> he's a friend of mine. >> friend with a big mouth. >> i hear that a lot. >> you probably hear this, too. ( gun racked ) >> more than i'd like. >> then you know the drill. i'm going to count to three, and you're going to start walking away. >> i have rights in this country. >> one. >> i have a lawyer now! >> two... >> three. >> ah, ah-- >> you all right, boss? >> you know the drill. now get the hell out of here. >> stephen: please welcome hugh jackman! ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ >> thank you, man! >> stephen: you just did-- you just did the real movie star entrance. ( cheers and applause ) >> what's that?
>> stephen: i have noticed this. i have noticed this over the years, is that movie stars have a slightly different entrance than everybody else. >> oh, really? >> stephen: yeah, they always, they take a moment, stand right over there, and they address the audience first. patrick stewart did the exact same thing. >> did he really? >> stephen: exactly, and uma thurman did the exact same thing, yeah. you're a true movie star. that's it. >> this is it. i've made it. i mean, thank you. ( cheers and applause ) i have to thank you, publicly. >> stephen: what did i do? >> we hosted an event just over a year ago in central park-- >> stephen: oh, i have a picture of it! i was going to talk about it. this is-- >> yes, this is r.c.s. >> stephen: exactly, this is global citizen. >> light as a feather, by the way, light as a feather. >> stephen: right, we co-hosted, and you had a long trench coat on your shoulders. >> i came out for our second segment from way stage left, only to discover my eyesight has got that bad that i couldn't read anything. and under my breath, i said "i can't read it!" and you said, "what?", and i said, "could you read it all?" and so i stood there the entire time while you covered for me. thank you! >> stephen: you're welcome. >> and i now have contact lenses, so thank you for that. >> stephen: i got your back, you carried me on your back. >> yeah.
( laughter ) >> stephen: well, the thing about this, the thing that i find very humbling is that we rehearsed this once-- we met at some rehearsal studio in the city. we rehearsed this once, and i got on his shoulders, and, and, i was afraid, i don't know why, that i was going to hurt your shoulders by sitting on them. but when i got off, i limped away from being on your shoulders. and my wife, our wives were there, and my wife said, "are you telling me you hurt your leg from sitting on his shoulders?" ( laughter ) it was really humbling. it was really humbling. ( applause ) >> thank you. >> stephen: now, what happened here? did you get cut with the adamantium claws or something? >> yes, i have hit myself many times over the years. but this is a basal cell carcinoma, which is the least dangerous form of skin cancer. very common for aussies to have. but everyone should be aware-- don't be like me. wear sunscreen, get checkups. but i'm all fine. it's all out. >> stephen: all right, okay. ( cheers and applause ) just too much time at the beach? >> yeah, and english parents. >> stephen: and english parents, okay. >> we didn't know about the
ozone layer. i think there was something about sunscreen. i don't ever remember my parents putting it on me. maybe they did. >> stephen: oh, no, we rubbed oil on ourselves, as kids. >> there was a lot of that. like, get burned, peel, two or three times beginning of summer and that was your base. you're ready to go, mate. >> stephen: exactly. it would toughen you up, and then at the end of your life, they would just peel you, and make you into a book. ( laughter ) now, i heard you were 13 when you first decided you were going to make a life in the theater. >> oh, wow. >> stephen: okay, is that a true story? >> kind of. my father was converted by billy graham at a revival before i was born. so i was brought up in the church, and we went to a revival meeting. and i was about 13 and i remember looking up at this minister-- i think he's called a minister-- he was up on stage; having a very, very strong sense that i would one day be up on a stage in front of a lot of people. like, not, "i would like to be;" just, knowing that would happen. so that was when i was about-- >> stephen: did you think maybe you were going to be a preacher? >> yeah, at the time i thought, well, maybe as a preacher or something like that.
just a slightly different religion, like comic books. ( laughter ) but that's-- you know. ( laughs ) >> stephen: when did you find out there was another option? like, you could go up there because you're-- a lot of people-- people don't know you necessarily as a brilliant stage actor, because they know you from all the movies, but-- >> i've done it since i was five. so, theater, for me, from when i was five. i did "camelot" when i was five. >> stephen: who were you? were you lancelot? >> i was the king. >> stephen: the king, okay. >> the king, man. come on. >> stephen: oh, sorry. >> i was the king, had the crown, didn't quite fit. and i remember it, halfway through the song, the crown falling, literally over my face. for half a second, i was mortified. >> stephen: like a dog collar? >> yeah, i was five, i was six. not even all the way down, just embarrassingly right in front of my face. and then everyone laughed and i thought, "this is all good! it's all good, doesn't matter." so that was sort of when i got hooked, when i was five. >> stephen: well, that-- actually, one of the reasons i got hooked on comedy is that i found out-- because i had done drama for years, and then i found out that if you're doing a comedy, and you ( bleep ) everything up, you still get a laugh. >> yeah! ( laughs ) >> stephen: like, this is for me! ( laughter ) >> you know, one thing, when i met you and your family, your
son found you funny. i remember that. he really-- like, does that happen all the time at home? i remember him laughing. you were telling jokes, i looked over, and your wife and your son were laughing. i thought that's amazing, like normally. ( laughter and applause ) it is, right? ( cheers and applause ) it is amazing. you didn't-- >> stephen: we have a good time with each other. i laugh at them, too. yeah. >> like, i remember my son having a friend come over, he was about 13, and the guy was peppering him with wolverine questions, over and-- and my son was like, nothing, and i'm in the room next door and finally i hear this, "listen, my dad is nothing like wolverine. he is not tough; he is not cool. don't ask me anything more about it." right? ( laughter ) >> stephen: i-- my kids are really funny. i steal jokes from them all the time. i stole this joke from my son-- mitch mcconnell had just been made the senate majority leader, because the republicans had taken over the senate, a few years back. and, and my wife and i were talking in the front seat and my son in the back seat goes, he must have been about ten or something like that, and he goes, "mitch mcconnell!
is that the same mitch mcconnell i've never heard of?" ( laughter ) >> very good! >> stephen: i was, like, stolen! stolen! we're going to take a break-- >> going to start charging. >> stephen: we'll take a quick break and be right back with more hugh jackman. stick around, everybody! ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ the valiant taste times of death, but once!! uh, excuse me, waiter. i ordered the soup... of course, ma'am. my apologies. c'mon, caesar. let's go. caesar on a caesar salad? surprising. excuse me, pardon me. what's not surprising? how much money matt saved by switching to geico. could i get my parking validated? fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
for a full 30 days. good boy. go for the gold. ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ >> stephen: welcome back, ladies and gentlemen! ( cheers and applause ) as you can tell by the excited crowd, we're here with our friend hugh jackman. now, listen, the good news is: you're here. the bad news is: this is the last time we get to see you play wolverine. >> yeah. >> stephen: now, that was the first movie you did, right? your first movie was "wolverine?" >> first american movie, yeah. it was 1999 when i got cast, so just over 17 years ago.
>> stephen: why don't you age? ( laughter ) >> i am-- for those who don't know the story, a little older as logan, than this. and people say, "oh my god, it must have taken hours." but literally, i would roll up to the set, and james mangold, the director, was like, "roll the film,/now." this? three hours. three and a half. ( laughter ) >> stephen: now, because you're not going to play the role any more, can we look forward to, finally, fat jackman? ( laughter ) because we've seen all the stories, i've seen you working out with scott pelley, i've seen you, like, fit. that would be a real challenge with you as an actor just to get fat! >> by the way, thank you for the baguette and the cheese you had up in my room. i thought, this is the beginning. it's gone. >> stephen: this is what it is. >> it's gone. >> stephen: have you-- have you-- do you actually-- >> all here, ready to go! >> stephen: yeah, i can tell. ( laughter ) but you must, like, must be excited, because you do have to, like, be in, like, a training regimen when you're shooting, right? >> it is, it's sort of unbelievable to me, what i did
for 17 years, which i got better at as the time went on. and the first one, i thought you could get into shape in three weeks, and i turned up, and the director had to push all the shirt-off scenes to the very end, four months later, yeah. so-- >> stephen: he looked at you and he goes, "no one wants to see that." >> really! he really said, "we're going to have to hide the camera here." if you go back and see that movie, some embarrassing shots. but-- >> stephen: not really! ( laughter ) >> so now, yes, now i'm eating and loving it, and sometimes just waking up at 2:00 in the morning just to go and have breakfast cereal, you know? and then go back to bed, with it in my lap. ( laughter ) >> stephen: now, i understand you've got a, you have a particular regimen for when you're going to do the shirtless scene. >> yes. >> stephen: what's the-- >> i find out the date, which is the shirt-off thing, and it's about a three-month run-up. so you have to be in pretty good shape, but the three months before, this is very specific. and it finishes-- >> stephen: three months? >> yeah, and it finishes with dehydration. don't do this at home. it's really-- you increase your water intake up to, like... i'm
trying to think what the gallons is, but you have about ten liters of water, which is what? is that three gallons of water a day-- >> stephen: there's no way to convert that. >> there's no way to convert that. ( laughter ) >> stephen: yeah, okay. you drank a lot of water. >> a lot of water. and then you stop about 36 hours before you shoot, but because you've drank so much water, your body-- you are peeing all the time. >> stephen: that's a day and a half. >> right, so, then you have nothing-- >> stephen: you know, if you go three days without water, you die. >> yeah, so you go as close as you can-- >> stephen: so get halfway to death, and they go, "roll 'em!" >> and then, "put the claws on, dammit!" so you lose like ten pounds of, all of this, water weight. >> stephen: wow. >> really, don't do this. >> stephen: here's my plan. if i know there is a shirtless scene coming up, what i do is, i-- for the three months ahead of time, i do nothing and then i quit the day before the shirtless scene. ( laughter ) works out every time. >> perfect. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: now, i was talking to patrick stewart about it last night. i've seen the movie, absolutely beautiful movie. >> thank you, thank you. >> stephen: and as i said to him, while it is in the family of the "x-men" universe, it's a huge departure tonally, and it's
incredibly moving because you've gotten to know and love these characters, and you see them brought low in ways you never thought they could. there is a vulnerability to your character and professor x, who is entering sort of a senile dementia. what was it like to play this whole other level of the character for you? >> it was so much fun. it was-- probably eight key people, including the studio, you know, who really believed in doing something a little different. >> stephen: whose idea was it? >> well, i woke up, 4:00 in the morning. literally, i have a tape, it was a memo-- today, two years ago, 4:00 in the morning, i bolt upright and i kept thinking of "the wrestler" and "unforgiven," and i thought, how cool would it be to see wolverine, not so much just out, just taking people out-- you do see that, by the way, but-- >> stephen: you do see that, in ways you've never seen before. >> yeah. but actually, getting to see what happens afterwards. what is it like for the soldier who returns home and tries to find peace with his life, because really, he's a violent character and has dark demons. so i rang james mangold, the director-- i mean, it's easy to
say, "let's do something like 'unforgiven' and 'shane' and 'wrestler,'" and then he went off and wrote it and directed this beautiful movie which i'm really, really proud of. >> stephen: well, it is, it's a beautiful film. >> thank you. >> stephen: i recommend everybody go see it. and i just want-- the "x-men" movies have been sort of, and the books before them, the comic books before them-- the x-men have represented so many different, sort of marginalized populations, but i just want to ask you this question. i meant to ask patrick stewart last night. if it turned out that there were mutants among us, that had, like, claws and psionic abilities, we'd have to round them up, right? we'd have to. ( laughter ) they're dangerous. they're dangerous. ( laughter ) >> yes, but let's put them to good use, and let's make them happy. let's put them, maybe, in a kind of home with massages... >> stephen: okay, i know what side you're on. >> ...and let them eat. can we let them eat? >> stephen: i think you're describing yourself. >> it's me. sorry. >> stephen: well, thank you so much for being here, hugh. "logan" in theaters tomorrow. hugh jackman, everybody. we'll be back with condola
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( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ >> stephen: welcome back, everybody! ( cheers and applause ) folks, my next guest is a two- time tony-nominated actress who stars in showtime's "billions." >> you have no history of investing in securities, but on april 8, you invested your entire savings, $117,000, in dasan international potash stock-- two days ahead of a merger that caused shares to rise. now, are you some kind of potash expert? >> no. >> just a potash enthusiast?
>> what? >> i'm sorry. you're actually the flight attendant on the corporate jet of the bank that financed the merger. >> stephen: please welcome condola rashad! ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ >> stephen: now, you have a very impressive c.v. as i said, two-time tony nominee. you are juliet versus orlando bloom's romeo. >> yes, that happened. >> stephen: you know he's on the market again? ( laughter ) he's on the market. did you see his butt on the paddleboard? did you see his butt on broadway? >> no. ( laughter ) >> stephen: no, neither one. i have. it's lovely. ( laughter ) it's absolutely lovely. check it out, it's online. now, you're back for season two of "billions."
>> yes, that's correct. >> stephen: i had paul giamatti on here. >> yes, i saw that. >> stephen: and i was saying to him-- i also had maggie siff on-- and i was saying, i can't watch the show with my kids because they've got the s&m relationship. >> yeah. >> stephen: can i watch your scenes with my family? >> yes! yes, yes. kate sacker has a little bit of a potty mouth, but beyond that-- >> stephen: oh, that's fine. >> that's fine, sure. >> stephen: that's good for them. that's actually good for them. that toughens them up. >> great. >> stephen: now, i'm not surprised you're in show business because your mom and dad are both in the biz. >> yep. >> stephen: okay, your mom, of course, is felicia rashad. ( cheers and applause ) and your dad is ahmad rashad, and there you are. there you are, right there. ( audience awws ) did you always know you were going to be in show business? >> yes, i've been an artist since i was young. i think what really helped that was my mother took me everywhere. and what i mean by that is, she took me-- not only to events, but i was backstage with her. i was in the rehearsal room with her. so what that did was, i never felt separated from who she was
as an artist. she incorporated me into that. so when she would do, you know, she was off and doing plays, she would do plays in atlanta often, and she basically gave me the assignment of being her assistant. so i was in charge of waking her up from her nap, i was in charge of telling her when it was time to do her vocal warmup, getting her tea ready. i would sit in the audience and i would take notes. i brought them to her a few times. if i didn't hear a line, i would be like, you know, that line at the end of it, you just kind of dropped off. and, i need more. ( laughter ) >> stephen: wow. >> she was-- >> stephen: wow. were you tough on your mom? >> totally, totally! >> stephen: that's what you want. >> yeah, you know, i've got to push her to be her best. >> stephen: did you go to work with your dad, ever? >> i did. >> stephen: which was more fun? >> well, ah, it's hard. it's hard because they're both fun for different reasons. like, my dad, going to work with my dad was fun because i got to eat a lot of candy. my mom-- >> stephen: why candy at your dad's? >> because it was a studio, so there's just candy for the crew. you know, and my dad wasn't as strict with, you know, what i
ate, so i could sneak candy all the time. it was much easier to do it at my dad's work. >> stephen: all right. now, since your dad, you know, was a former n.f.l. player, and a big guy, did that intimidate, like, boyfriends, when you were younger? did that scare off anybody? >> it didn't scare off anybody. i think everyone kind of played it cool. but, yeah, i can imagine it was pretty intimidating. for my fianceé now, it was prety intimidating. he had to-- he facetimed my dad the day before he proposed, so i can imagine that was a little bit-- >> stephen: did your dad know it was coming, or did he just, bring, bring, "daughter's hand in marriage, please." >> no, essentially, yeah! i mean, we had been together for about two years, but my dad spent a lot of time with him, so i think he knew it was coming. >> stephen: were you there when it happened? like, had he already asked you and then you-- he said, now i have to clear ut with your dad? >> no! okay, so what happened was, is that i had planned this-- i
turned 30 in december. and i had planned this huge trip to mexico. so we were there. and i, and i planned this one day where i was going to surprise everybody else on the trip, and i took them on this amazing boat ride. so, i'm sitting there, and my sisters are sitting right here, and i'm sitting at the very edge of the boat, and i'm looking out at the ocean. and the next thing i know, i hear "turn around." and i did, and there he was. and i remember as he was asking me-- i was literally at the edge of the boat-- all i could think about was, like, "okay, but, so, quick, put it on, because this could easily turn into a 'titanic' situation. we don't have scuba gear here, get it on the finger because, look, we don't have time." >> stephen: now, the character that you play on "billions," who is assistant d.a. kate sacker, it's a kind of wonky role. did you have to bone up on the legal issues on wall street? >> yes, and i think the best-- because you can do research, and in terms of looking things up, and of course, that's helpful. but for me, it really helps to have someone talk to me about
it, and luckily, my sister, she is an attorney and she works for the mayor in atlanta. so, she's kind of my go-to. whenever i have a question, i call her. like, "so what does that mean?" >> stephen: "make this sound real." >> yeah, basically! basically, yeah. ( laughter ) >> stephen: does she ever get frustrated because you had her-- you have the job? >> oh, totally! she was like, "way to get the job i wanted. but you're playing it, and i'm the real one here." yeah, she's totally-- >> stephen: and you didn't even have to go to law school. >> totally frustrated about it. >> stephen: wow. and i'm guessing your job pays better. ( laughter ) >> sadly. >> stephen: well, it was lovely to meet you! thank you so much for being here. >> and you as well. >> stephen: "billions" airs sundays on showtime, and "a doll's house, part 2" opens april 27 on broadway. condola rashad, everybody. we'll be right back with a performance by the flaming lips. stick around! ( cheers and applause ) (the end of civilization is upon us...
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